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Blackstown gimmer leads the way at Balmoral

A gimmer from eight year old Jack Moses walked away with top honours in the Texel classes at the first of the summer’s major shows, The Royal Ulster Show, Northern Ireland.

This one had been the pick of judge, Jennifer Aiken, in the gimmer class before going on to be tapped as the overall champion, with Mrs Aiken citing her carcass, skin and overall breed character as the factors which put her ahead of the rest of the field. “She is a super gimmer and was an easy winner in a strong class of gimmers. She was an outright winner on the day and it was a privilege and an honour to be asked to judge here today.”

The gimmer, WWB1701042, from the Blackstown flock of Jack and his grandfather Jim Wilson, is ET bred and is by Mullan Yeti and out of a dam by Carnew Vagabond. Having been unshown as a lamb, this one was on her first and only show outing to date, with young Jack delighted with his success.

Taking the reserve overall championship at the 150th Balmoral Show was a ram lamb from Mark Patterson’s Alderview flock. This was PTT1800110, a son of Arkle Awesome out of a Halbeath ewe which is maternal sister to Halbeath VIP and goes back to a 6200gns Loosebeare dam. This ET bred lamb was praised by Mrs Aiken for his outstanding growth and confirmation. “He’s a tremendous ram lamb and certainly one to watch for later in the summer,” she added.

This was Mr Patterson’s third time showing at Balmoral and without doubt his best result to date, with a full ET sister to his winning ram lamb also taking the top spot in the ewe lambs. This was PTT1800099.

In the first class of the day, the aged tups the winner was Bluehill Yogi, a Ballydesland Thunder King son from John Foster’s Springhill flock, with this one being out of a dam by Springhill Shergar and was first here as a shearling last year.

Then in the shearling tups the red ticket went to Scotsman Apollo II from Stewark Ferris. He is by Strathbogie Terminator and out of an Oberstown Usain Bolt-sired dam.

Leading the way in the aged ewes was Jack Moses again, with WWB1600990 a one crop daughter of Hull House Wing Commander out of a dam by Haddo Ringleader.

Mrs Aiken said the quality of the sheep forward for judging after what had undoubtedly been a difficult spring for everyone was a credit to the Northern Irish breeders and testament to the resilience of the Texel breed as a whole. “Every class today had quality throughout and I whole-heartedlly congratulate every breeder here for the effort they’ve made to bring their sheep out in such excellence form.”


Aged Tup

1 – J R & G Foster, Springhill – Bluehill Yogi

2 – Jack Gault, Cherryvale – Halbeath Woody

3 – Ben Casement, Butney –  Aideshill Vision

4  – E and P Johnston, Knockadoo – Knockadoo Yeti

5 – Chelsea Best’s WWD1600832

Shearling Rams

1 – Stewart Ferris. Leapogues – Scotsman Apollo II

2 – James Wilson & Jack Wilson Moses, Blackstown – Allanfauld Archimedes

3 – C and M Mullan, Drumgooland – Drumgooland Aga Khan

4 – Eric Mackey, Moneybroom – Moneybroom Avicii

5 – David & James Boyd, Crawfordsland – Ballyrussell Amos

Aged Ewes

1 – James Wilson and Jack Wilson Moses, Blackstown – WWB1600990

2 – S & J McCollam, Carmavy – MSY1601068

3 – Alastair Gault, Forkins – GAF1501325

4 – Patrick Donnelly, Donrho – DNN1600511

5 – Stephen McNeily, Drumadowney – SPF1600075

Shearling Ewes

1 – James Wilson & Jack Wilson Moses, Blackstown – WWB1701042

2 – S & J McCollam, Carmavy – MSY1701132

3 – Darren McKay, Rowandale – MKR1700712

4 – James Wilson & Jack Wilson Moses, Blackstown – WWB1701033

5 – Danny McKay, Rohan – YMK1700663

Ram Lambs 

1 – Mark Patterson, Alderview – PTT180110

2 – Naomi Ardis, Millburn – ERX1801286

3 – W & J Herdman, Templepark – HKP1801494

4 – Paul and Baillie O’Connor, Drumgooland – OCP1800912

5 – W & J Herdman, Templepark – HKP1801499

Ewe Lambs

1 – Mark Patterson, Alderview – PTT180099

2 – Patrick Donnelly, Donrho – DNN1801362

3 – James Wilson & Jack Wilson Moses, Blackstown – WWB1801188

4 –  Stephen McNeily, Drumadwoney – SPF180220

5 – Martin and Cyril Millar, Millar’s – VMG1701553

Champion – James Wilson and Jack Wilson Moses’ gimmer WWB1701042

Reserve champion – Mark Patterson’s ram lamb PTT180110

See the full gallery of photos from the show here.

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